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Recollections

Pilton

and

Crewe Toll

1.

Donald Grant
Penicuik, Midlothian, Scotland

1950s and 1960s

Our House

Bruce Peebles

Clan Grant Standard

2.

Betty Fraser (nee Simpson)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

1930s

School at Pilton

3.

Jimmy Letham
Elizabeth Vale, Adelaide, South Australia

1940s

Move to West Pilton

The 'Shack'

Football

Apprenticeship and Army

Emigration

Jimmy's Address

4.

Glads Dodd

Ferry Road Drive

with reply from

Phil Wilson
Aberdeen, Scotland

The 'Shack'

and reply from

Steven Oliver
Duns, Borders, Scotland

The 'Shack'

5.

Phil Wilson
Aberdeen, Scotland

The 'Shack'

with reply from

Robert (Eddie) Williamson
Pickering, Ontario, Canada

Aerial Photo - 1930s?

and reply from

Neil Lawrence
Fountainbridge, Edinburgh

Aerial Photo - after 1930s?

6.

Edward Thomson
Glamis Castle, Angus, Scotland

TA Unit -519 Regiment

7.

Brian Swanney
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

Mactaggart & Mickel houses

Gumley

Football

Wardie School

8.

Steven Oliver
Duns, Borders, Scotland

Mactaggart & Mickel houses

Gumley

Football

Wardie School

9.

Betty Fraser (nee Simpson)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Embassy Picture Theatre

10.

Bob Sinclair
Queensland, Australia

School and Allotments

Fish, Bread, Ice Cream and
The Store Van

11.

Bob Sinclair
Queensland, Australia

The Roll Men

12.

Bob Sinclair
Queensland, Australia

Back Greens

13.

Bob Sinclair
Queensland, Australia

Pigs' Bin

14.

Bob Sinclair
Queensland, Australia

Our local Bobby

15.

Steven Oliver
Duns, Borders, Scotland

Pilton Drive Maintenance Sheds

16.

Brendon Hume

Football

17.

Bob Sinclair
Queensland, Australia

317  Pilton Avenue

18.

John Ferguson
Auckland, New Zealand

14  Crewe Crescent

19.

Bob Sinclair
Queensland, Australia

Cricket at Pilton Park - question

20.

Brian Swanney
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

16 Crewe Crescent

New Zealand

Crewe Crescent - Neighbours

No 16 - The Back Green

Fences

Bedding Plants

Coal Bunker and Shed

Police Road Safety Team

21.

Bruce Johnstone
Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland

The Shack

The Scout Hut

Aerial Photo

Ratepayers' Association

Embassy Cinema

22.

Steven Oliver
Duns Borders, Scotland

Ratepayers' Christmas Parties

23.

Ruth Nordhoy
(
nee Hamilton)

Whidbey Island, Seattle, Washington, USA

The Scout Hut

Granton School

Bruce Peebles

24.

Avril Finlayson Smith
(
nee Young)

Bendigo, Victoria, Australia

Sledging

-  Bonfires

25.

Avril Finlayson Smith
(
nee Young)

Bendigo, Victoria, Australia

-  Shops

26.

Brian Swanney
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

-  Shops

27.

Bob Sinclair
Queensland, Australia

Community Centre

28.

Eddie Williamson
Pickering, Ontario, Canada

Sheila Campbell

29.

Bobby Rodger
Thunder Bay, NW Ontario, Canada

West Pilton

-  Schools

30.

Bruce Johnstone
Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland

-  Bonfires

-  Fireworks

31.

Bruce Johnstone
Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland

-  Sledging

-  Skating

-  Snowballing

32.

Bob Sinclair
Queensland, Australia

-  Gas Meter Man

33.

Dougie Cormack

-  Bools

-  Shopping

-  Sannies

-  Confession

34.

Bob Sinclair
Queensland, Australia

Rounders

-  Speedway Cycle Track

35.

Norman McLeod
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

-  123rd Inverleith Scouts

-  82nd Inverleith Scouts

-  The Scout Hut

36.

Bruce Johnstone
Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland

Mobile Shops

37.

Bruce Johnstone
Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland

-  Crewe Toll

-  1950s

-  Double Bridges

-  The Smiddy

-  Ferranti

-  Harvesting

-  Buses

38.

Brian Alexander
Prestonfield, Edinburgh

-  Crewe Toll

-  1958-68

-  Circle Garage

-  Telford Road

39.

Lily Burke (nee Lilias O'Connell Cavanagh)

Foulden, Thetford, Norfolk, England

The Shack

40.

Robert Lettice
Leith, Edinburgh

Schools

-  Play

41.

David Blackburn
also known as Davy, Blackie and Tony

Morvenside, Edinburgh

-  West Pilton

-  Shops

-  Houses

-  Play

42.

Peter Sellar
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

-  West Pilton

Houses

-  Transport

Shops

Evening Out

Churches

43.

William Manson
West Sussex, England

-  West Pilton Circus

-  West Granton Grove

-  School

-  Play

44.

Stuart Lyon
Blackford, Edinburgh

-  West Pilton Grove

-  Family House

-  West Pilton Park

-  George the Baker

-  Ice Cream Vans

-  Silverknowes + Gypsy Brae

-  Shopping

-  Sweetie Shop

45.

Allan Muir
Saudi Arabia

Ferry Road Avenue

-  1965 to 1980

-  Bonfire Nights

-  Peanut Brittle

-  Summer Walks

-  Winter Walks

-  Childhood Memories

46.

Alastair Whitwell
Saudi Arabia

-  123rd Inverleith Scouts

-  Patrol Leader

-  Jumble Sale

-  Wind-up Record Player

-  Scout Leader

47.

Rab Lettice
Leith, Edinburgh

-  1950s

-  Pilton Gala Days

-  Pilton Club

48.

Bruce Johnstone
Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland

Games

-  Dodge-ball

-  King-ball

 

Recollections

1.

Donald Grant

Penicuik, Midlothian, Scotland

Thank you to Donald Grant who sent me the comments below.

Donald wrote:

1950s and 1960s

Our House

When I was looking through your site the other night, I spotted this picture of Pilton Station.

Pilton Station

  Pilton Station  -  1962 ©

Please click on this picture to enlarge it.)

If you look under the bridge you can see a house in the distance. That was the house I lived in at Boswall Avenue!

I'm delighted to have found that photo.

Bruce Peebles

The house faces up Boswall Place toward the private sidings of Bruce Peebles. My mother was a cleaner in the offices at Bruce Peebles for a time in the late 50s or possibly early 60s.

Fire

There was a major fire at the Bruce Peebles factory in 1999 and the factory at Pilton, Edinburgh, never re-opened.  Much of the land is now being redeveloped as housing. 

Peter Stubbs

 

Clan Grant Standard

I have a photo in the house somewhere of my father that may be of interest to you. It was taken in the 1950s and shows him with the Clan Grant standard.

I was told by my late mother that my father was the standard bearer for the Clan Grant at the International Gathering Of The Clans in Edinburgh (1956?).

Donald Grant, Penicuik, Midlothian, Scotland:  January 27, 2006

 

Recollections

2.

Betty Fraser (nee Simpson)

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Thank you to Betty Fraser, nee Simpson, for adding a comments to the EdinPhoto guest book.

Betty wrote:

1930s

School at Pilton

"My first school was in Broughton Road, near Canonmills.

 When we moved to Granton, my school was at Pilton.  All I can remember from there  were yellow blackboards and purple chalk.  The nicest teacher was a Miss Ritchie.

Why can I remember something like that seventy odd years' later? I wonder if anyone else has a similar memory.

I'm not even sure of the location of the school but it must have been in walking distance from Royston Mains Road.  There was no  'driving the kids to school' in those days.

Betty Fraser:  Sydney, New South Wales, Australia:  August 20, 2006

 

Recollections

3.

Jimmy Letham

Elizabeth Vale, Adelaide, South Australia

Thank you to Jimmy Letham, South Australia, who wrote:

1940s

Move to West Pilton

"My family moved from Dundee Street, Fountainbridge, to 50 Ferry Rd Drive, West Pilton in the Spring of 1943.

I attended Pennywell School until 1945 then went on to Leith Academy until 1947."

The Shack

"I noticed that everyone has been mentioning The Embassy picture house but no one has mentioned the wooden building that we called 'The Shack' .  It was between the Embassy and St Margaret Mary's Chapel.

It was the place I learned to dance in  and was a popular Saturday night spot for teenagers.  I started to learn dancing when I was 13.  I went to the 'Shack' then to the 'Academy' (Edinburgh Academy YMCA Stockbridge) when it gained prominence over the 'Shack' in about 1948.

The Royston lassies I remember most were, Margaret Carty and Mollie Wallis. The only fella I can think of was Jimmy Jamieson.  He was my classmate at Leith Academy and lived, I think, in Granton Medway. The auld heid is letting me down memory wise regarding names."

Football

"I also remember the hard football matches played, each Sunday, on the waste ground at the side of the gasworks

I was the only Protestant who was playing fitba' for St Margaret Mary's.  I was goalkeeper.

Later on, when the Edinburgh Academy Boys Club closed down, I became a founder member of St Bernard's amateur football club in Stockbridge ."

Apprenticeship and Army

"I served my time as a painter with AC Woods and Son, 114 Pitt St. Edinburgh.  On finishing my apprenticeship in November 1952 I joined the Argyll's and stayed with them for twenty two years reaching the rank of Warrant Officer."

Emigration

"When I left the army, I came direct to Australia from West Germany. 

I have never looked back, though now I go home every two years for re-unions. I always go around West Pilton and Granton. These are the places which had the greatest impact on my life and I assure you the memories are simply wonderful."

Jimmy Letham, Elizabeth Vale, Adelaide, South Australia:  November 5, 2006.

Jimmy's Address

Jimmy has given me his e-mail address and postal address to pass on to anybody who would like to contact him.

In particular, Jimmy says:

"I have been hoping to contact an old friend, Ella Ramsay from Crewe Rd North.  She married Walter ? in 1953/4 ? and they had a wee girl.

If Ella or anybody else would like to contact Jimmy, please e-mail me and ask me for the contact details.

Thank you.      -  Peter Stubbs

 

Recollections

4.

Glads Dodd

Thank you to Glads Dodd who sent me the following message.

Glads wrote:

50 Ferry Road Drive

"I was very interested to read the article posted by Jimmy Letham.  He will not remember me but I also lived at 50 Ferry Road Drive and was the youngest member of the Scott family who lived below Jimmy's mother's home.  Jimmy will most likely remember my older sisters, Betty and Agnes. 

Mrs Letham by all accounts saved my life when I nearly choked to death as a child. Christine Letham and Cathy Telford (next door to the Letham family) were amongst my best friends and we had some grand times as children, going to Murrayfield Ice Rink etc. 

Please pass on my regards to Jimmy."  

Glads Dodd:  March 15, 2007

Glads:  I've passed on your message and your e-mail address to Jimmy Letham.  I hope you hear from him soon.

 -  Peter Stubbs:  March 15, 2007

 

Reply 1.

to recollections

4.

Phil Wilson

Aberdeen, Scotland

Thank you to Phil Wilson for adding this comment to he EdinPhoto web GuestBook.

Phil wrote:

The Shack

"Reading the comments by Jimmy Letham about 'The Shack' dance hall on Boswall Parkway, I wonder if it is the small wooden building next to the Embassy Cinema (looking very white) in this marvellous aerial photo, which seems to have been taken around 1960-61.

Quite a few other landmarks are clearly visible from the photo, and I'm only sorry that my house seems to be out of shot.  I wonder if any other shots like this survive of the rest of the area?

Phil Wilson,  November 7, 2006

 

 

Reply 2.

to recollections

4.

Steven Oliver

Duns, Borders, Scotland

Thank you to Steven Oliver, Scottish Borders, who wrote:

'The Shack'

"Regarding the discussion about the “Shack” in Boswall Parkway, I’m sure that this was indeed the building between the Embassy Cinema (or the supermarket building in my time) and St Margaret Mary Church. 

It was also used:

-  as a Scout hut for the 87th Inverleith.  My dad used to go to the Cubs and the Scouts there.

-   for dog-training.

The Shack burnt down some time ago, in the early 1990s if I’m correct, due to vandalism.  My grandad lived just along the road at the time, and saw what happened from his house. 

A new Scout hut was built to replace it, and still stands.  It is still in use today."

Steven Oliver, Duns, Borders, Scotland:  March 17, 2007

More Aerial Photos

 I like this aerial photo and think it probably does include 'The Shack' (top-centre)  but it would easier to decide if we could see a higher resolution image of the photo.

The RCAHMS (the Royal Commission on the Ancient & Historic Monuments of Scotland) has a very large collection of aerial photographs in its offices in Edinburgh.  They will certainly have some that show your old house in their collection.

RCAHMS may also hold the original negative of the aerial photo that you mention above, and be able to date that photo.  If I discover anything more about it, I'll let you know.

Peter Stubbs.  November 7, 2006.

 

Recollections

5.

Phil Wilson

Aberdeen, Scotland

Phil Wilson wrote again about the aerial photograph of Pilton. 

Unfortunately, for copyright reasons, I'm not able to reproduce the photo on this page, but clicking the link below should take you to it.  -  Peter Stubbs

Phil wrote:

Aerial Photo

"Despite the fact that the 'Comments' spot for the aerial photo is now empty, the photo had several comments made about it when I originally discovered it a year or two ago, especially one from Donald Grant of Penicuik, after I alerted him to it, and whose dating of the photo I relied on.

Donald's house in Boswall Avenue is visible at centre bottom of the photo.  He made lengthy comment at the time, dating the snap as 1961 or possibly earlier **.  Regrettably the cars in the photo are not sharp enough to provide a more accurate date."

**  See 'Replies 1 and 2 to Recollections 5'. below.

Bruce Peebles' Pond

"I can see the Bruce Peebles pond, where we caught newts when I was very young, and my grandparents' house at 3 Boswall Place. I'd dearly love a copy of one showing my house, since my memory of layouts and places is fading fast, I'm afraid.

 I used to rely on my late brother, who had an almost photographic memory for details and characters."

Phil Wilson:  November 8, 2006

 

Reply 1.

to recollections

5.

Eddie Williamson

Pickering, Ontario, Canada

Thank you to Eddie Williamson who wrote:

Aerial Photo  - Around 1930s

"When you look at this aerial photo, in Boswall Avenue, there are no trees, so the photo must be around the 1930s."

Robert (Eddie) Williamson, Pickering, Ontario, Canada, May 31, 2009.

 

Reply 2.

to recollections

5.

Neil Lawrence

Fountainbridge

Thank you to Neil Lawrence who wrote:

Aerial Photo  - After 1930s

"I was interested to see the discussion about the aerial photo of East Pilton.  The date of 1930's for it is a bit out.

If you look at the top of the picture you can see the prefabs at both Crewe Road North and at West Pilton (white buildings). What do you think ?"

Neil Lawrence, Fountainbridge, Edinburgh

 

Recollections

6.

Edward Thomson

Glamis Castle, Angus, Scotland

Thank you to Edward Thomson, Glamis Castle, Angus, Scotland for the following message and photographs:

Ed wrote:

TA Unit  -  519 Regiment

Annual Camps

"Annual Camps took us to such exotic paces as:

 Stiffkey in Norfolk,
-   Tonfanau in North Wales,
-   Newquay in Cornwall,
-   Bude."

Newquay

   West Pilton TA Unit  -  at Newquay ©

Social Mix

"The great thing about the TA Camps was the 'social mix', West Pilton, Royston, Pennywell and further, Linlithgow and South Queensferry all had members in the Regiment.

There were Bankers, Minister of Religion, Lorry Drivers, Scaffolders and Motor Mechanics to name but a few.

All this with young ex-servicemen who had seen Warfare and still were under 20 and wanted to retain the comradeship and contribute their experience."

Edward Thomson, Glamis Castle, Angus, Scotland:  May 2006

 

Recollections

7.

Brian Swanney

Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

Thank you to Brian Swanney, New Zealand, who wrote:

Questions

Mactaggart & Mickel houses

"I was brought up in 16 Crewe Crescent from 1952 until 1977 so the information on the area is fascinating to read. Does anyone had any more information on the Mactaggart & Mickel houses or knew of any online information sources?

I'm looking for historical things such as precisely when, and in what order, the estate was developed, and what the build costs and the initial rental costs would have been.

My parents married in 1938 and, though I don’t know for sure, I imagine they may have moved directly into Crewe Crescent at that time seeing as they were built in the 1930’s. I'm Looking for any little bit of information to help add detail to our family homes.  I also had aunt, uncle and cousins living at 79 Pilton Place.

I never bothered to ask at the time and now of course.  I wish I had – sadly that is always the way."

Brian Swanney, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand:  June 9, 2008

Reply

Development of the Estate

I don't know exactly when the houses were built, but these are the years that the streets were named.

That should give an indication of when the Boswall, Pilton, Royston and Crewe areas to the north of Ferry Road were developed:

1921

Boswall Avenue

Boswall Crescent

Boswall Drive

Boswall Gardens

Boswall Grove

Boswall Loan

Boswall Parkway

Boswall Quadrant

Boswall Square

Boswall Terrace

1925

Boswall Green

1926

Crewe Road North

Crewe Road South

1931

Boswall Place

1933

Pilton Avenue

Pilton Crescent

Pilton Drive

Pilton Gardens

Pilton Loan

Pilton Park

Pilton Place

1934

Crewe Bank

Crewe Crescent

Crewe Grove

Crewe Loan

Crewe Place

Crewe Terrace

1935

Crewe Path

1936

Royston Crescent

Royston Gardens

Royston Green

Royston Mains Avenue

Mains Place

Royston Road

Royston Street

1938

Crewe Road Gardens

Crewe Road West

Source:  History and Derivation of Edinburgh Street Names
[Edinburgh Corporation City Engineers Dept, 1975]

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  June 14, 2008

Brian Swanney also wrote:

Gumley

"I remember Gumley being the rental agent or factor.  There was a maintenance shed in a row of lock-up garages on the SW corner of the intersection of Pilton Drive and Pilton Avenue (on the corner of the Ainslie Park grounds facing Bruce Peebles).  I'm not sure if that was run by Gumley or Mactaggart & Mickel ."

Football

"We had many great childhood kick-a-bouts on Pilton Park, occasionally on the pitches, but more usually just around the edges with a tree for one post and a jersey or two for the other!

Very occasionally, we’d sneak a wee goalmouth session on the Edinburgh City grounds because they sometimes had nets left up and that made it really special!."

Wardie School

"I attended Wardie primary school from 1957 until around 1963 and the recollections on the site brought back more than a few memories of that time.

I began to write down a few of my own to send in but never quite got enough courage to do so! The recollections of Paul Johnson were particularly relevant and humorous! It is all the little recollections of individuals that spark off wider memories of others and stimulates contribution, so maybe I should."

Brian Swanney, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand:  June 9, 2008

 

Recollections

8.

Steven Oliver

Duns, Borders , Scotland

Thank you to Steven Oliver, now living in Duns, Borders, Scotland for replying to Brian Swanney's  comments above

Steven wrote:

Original Tenant

"Having seen Brian Swanney’s notes on the Pilton and Crewe Gumley houses, and your list of dates that the streets were named, it reminded me that my grandparents’ neighbour through the wall at 104 Boswall Parkway was Muriel Pell (who some readers may remember as Miss Pell) of 1, Pilton Park.  She was one of the original tenants of that block when it was built in 1933.  The houses were indeed named for their factor."

Boswall Parkway

"Boswall Parkway was developed from the east end westwards, with the bit between Boswall Drive and Boswall Terrace being the first to be built, in 1921.  The rest of it wasn’t developed until the 30s, first with the Pilton and Crewe Gumley houses on the south side in 1933/4, then with the Wardieburn and Royston Corporation schemes on the north side a few years later."

Gumleys Houses

"There is a slight design difference in these Gumleys houses.  The ones to the east of Pilton Place have bay windows with curved shingle fronts while the ones to the west have bay windows with flat fronts."

Crewe Place

"Then of course we have the house with the flat roof in Crewe Place, which was rebuilt due to bomb damage in 1940

It actually has a companion, in the similar development at Broomfield & Broomburn, although this one was as an experiment rather than a rebuild."

Crewe Place

"I certainly remember seeing the maintenance shed on Pilton Drive which Brian mentions.  I think it’s still there today – I’ll have a look the next time that I’m in the area."

Steven Oliver, Duns, Borders, Scotland:  June 15, 2008

Recollections

9.

Betty Fraser (nee Simpson)

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Betty Fraser, wrote again, a couple of years after sending 'Recollections 2' above.

Betty wrote:

Embassy Picture Theatre

"I remember the Embassy Picture Theatre and distinctly remember the Shirley Temple films that we kids were all anxious to see.

I was an avid reader and would save up fourpence to go to the newsagent near the pictures to get the latest small paperback - for the life of me at the moment I can't think of the name of the author  and yet I knew it so well!  Maddening!"

Betty Fraser:  Sydney, New South Wales, Australia:  November 8, 2008

Recollections

10.

Bob Sinclair

Queensland

Thank you to Bob Sinclair, who wrote:

School and Allotments

"I remember Pilton Avenue and the garages near Pilton Drive.

Further up was Ainslie Park Primary School.  It was a series of long, wooden painted huts.  It was, I believe, vacated at a later stage.  I  don't know where the children went.

Beyond a field, at the back of the school, were the allotments for the use of the people of the district where( tut! tut!) little laddies used to purloin the odd turnip and some pea pods.

Fish, Bread, Ice Cream and The Store Van

Many of the houses were not within easy walking distance of the shops at either end of Pilton Avenue, somen would come round selling their goods.

-  The Fish Man came with a little van which was covered in on both sides. He had a good selection of fish, probably picked up from Granton or Newhaven harbour.

-  The Baker's Van   came round for a while, but where he picked up his bread from I never knew.

-  The Ice Cream Barrow Man who came round.  His barrow was a contrivance like a three wheel bicycle with a big box on the front that had two deep cans of ice cream.

You could, in the early days, get a farthing cone.  It was about a quarter the size of an ordinary cone, or a slider.  You could have strawberry or some other flavour put on the top of your ice cream.

If it had been a good week, your mother might send you out with a bowl to get a few scoops of ice cream - 'hundreds and thousands' was optional.

There were also two different ice cream vans which came round - a very plain van which had good ice cream and later on 'Mr Whippy' with his musical tune.

-  The Store Van had a selection of fruit and vegetables along either side of what looked like a converted single decker bus.  I was never sure whether it was from The Provvy or St Cuthbert's.

And of course, at times there was Ingin Johnnie.

All these vendors made life a little easier, mainly for the women folk, even if at times their products was starting to decline in quality by the end of the day."

Bob Sinclair, Queensland, Australia:  December 12, 2009

Recollections

11.

Bob Sinclair

Queensland

Bob Sinclair added:

Back Greens

"When I lived in Crewe Road North, a wee van used to appear at the weekend and a vendor used to sell his rolls from the space to the left of the hole in the wall.  If you were not quick he could be sold out within quarter of an hour. The rolls were magic on a cold night.

Another seller used to have a van on Pilton Drive North, at the East side of the Embassy Picture House and he also did a roaring trade.

And I have no doubt there were others"

Bob Sinclair, Queensland, Australia:  December 23, 2009

Recollections

12.

Bob Sinclair

Queensland

Bob Sinclair added:

Back Greens

"Back greens was mainly of two types, and I quote from experience.

1. The one where I lived at Pilton had four iron poles, set in a square at the edges of the green with four little cross pieces where the washing line could be attached.

The washing was hung up with wooden pegs and then the back green pole was put up - a wooden pole with an arrow shape at one end and a vee-shaped piece at the other which was shoved up into the line.  The arrow end was set in the grass.

Those with more class used to call the grass the lawn.  At the dividing lines between the houses alongside the pailings were the D shaped brackets into which the washing line poles were inserted.

Our back green at Pilton was used for kids' concerts, high shoulder fights and various other games, though you did have to try and avoid washing day."

2. When I lived in Home Street at Tollcross the back green was a joke. It was an area of concrete which I think had poles but I was never game to venture out into it."

Bob Sinclair, Queensland, Australia:  January 2, 2010

Recollections

13.

Bob Sinclair

Queensland

Bob Sinclair added:

Pigs' Bin

"Our local pigs' bin stood near a lamp post, about outside No 321 in Pilton Avenue.  It serviced quite a lot of households.  It was able to do this because not much was ever thrown away.

Leftovers for the bin were generally wrapped in the Evening News pages.

Our bin was used to stot balls of off.  Being round, this was great fun for:

-  catchy, a game where you had to catch the ball before it hit the ground.

 hide and seek, as a hiding place if you were small.

 cricket, as our stumps.

We didn't mind that it was not decorative.

Bob Sinclair, Queensland, Australia:  January 14+17, 2010

Recollections

14.

Bob Sinclair

Queensland

Bob Sinclair added:

Our Local Bobby

"Our local Bobby was one who wore a helmet and was feared and respected by the youth of the area.  To us he appeared to be a giant of a man, though he may only have been six feet in height.  From memory he was a teuchter, but he had a good firm way of telling you what was what.

The worst words you could hear him say were 'I'll have to tell your father about this'.  'Ah didnae mean to do it mister' or 'Ah'll no' do it again' could buy you a remission, but you would not get away with it a second time, for he had a good memory.

He did, however, give you a sense of security and he was respected by both the older and younger members of the community"

Bob Sinclair, Queensland, Australia:  January 14+17, 2010

Recollections

15.

Steven Oliver

Duns, Borders , Scotland

Thank you to Steven Oliver for sending further information about the maintenance shed mentioned in Brian Swanney's comments in his Gumley paragraph (7 above).

Steven wrote:

Pilton Drive  -  Maintenance Shed

"I've managed to find out a little info about the maintenance shed in Pilton Drive.  My dad tells me that these would have been run by the factors, Gumley.  It had one door for the electricians, another for the plumbers, and possibly others.

If tenants wanted to report a repair, they would put a note through the letterbox of the respective door (or under it in the case of the electrician's door, as it had no letterbox) then a repair man would come out to fix the problem.  My dad remembers being sent out to the shed a few times."

Steven Oliver, Duns, Borders, Scotland:  January 19, 2010

 

Recollections

16.

Brendon Hume

Haxey, North Lincolnshire, England

Thank you to Brendon Hume who read Bob Sinclair's comments in Recollectons 14 above, and wrote:

Football

"I wonder if the 'local bobby' that Bob mentions in Recollections 14, above, was the same bobby as took my football from the friends who I had loaned it to.

I had the only football with a bladder in it, with which a proper game of football could be played.   The usual ball had no bladder and was stuffed with newspaper.  It was hard to control.

The football match was being played in the street, and to make the offence worst the game was being played on a Sunday!

I had to report to a police box to get my ball back, and the huge local bobby gave me a right telling off for allowing my football to be used on a Sunday !

Those were the days."

Brendon Hume, Haxey, North Lincolnshire, England:  January 20, 2010

Recollections

17.

Bob Sinclair

Queensland, Australia

Thank you to Bob Sinclair for allowing me to reproduce this photograph of himself and his dad.

Bob wrote:

317 Pilton Avenue

    Bob sinclair and his dad - Photo taken behind 317 Pilton Avenue, around 1938

©  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Bob Sinclair

"Here is a picture is of my dad (a compositor at Morrison & Gibb) and myself on my bike, taken at the rear of 317 Pilton Avenue.

It shows a wee bit of detail of the type of fences there, and the  house construction.  It must have been taken about 1938.

Just to the right of the picture edge is where we had the coal bunker."

Bob Sinclair, Queensland, Australia:  January 16+19, 2010

Update

Bob later sent me another photo taken at 317 Pilton Drive.  This one is of Bob with his mother, taken in 1937:

Bob sinclair and his mother - Photo taken behind 317 Pilton Avenue, 1937 ©

Acknowledgement:  Bob Sinclair:  July 12, 2010

Recollections

18.

John Ferguson

Auckland, New Zealand

Thank you to John Ferguson who read Brian Swanney's comments in Recollections 7 above and replied:

Crewe Crescent

"I was interested to spot contributions from Brian Swanney, now living in New Zealand.  He used to live at 16 Crewe Crescent, Pilton

I grew up in Pilton in the 1940s and lived in 14 Crewe Crescent.   Our  parents were neighbours for over 40 years."

John Ferguson, Auckland, New Zealand:  January 24, 2010

 

 Recollections

19.

Bob Sinclair

Queensland, Australia

Here, Bob Sinclair asks a question

Bob wrote:

Question

Cricket at Pilton Park

"When we played cricket in Pilton Park we usually had only three stumps and a bat.  The ball varied from a tennis ball to a composition ball covered in leather or a ball which was basically black in colour but also had  tiny white bits showing. It was some type of hard rubber composition but what was it called?   Does anybody know?"

Bob Sinclair, Queensland, Australia:  February 8, 2010

 

Recollections

20.

Brian Swanney

Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

Thank you to Brian Swanney, New Zealand, who wrote again (following his recollections in 7 above).

Brian wrote:

Questions

16 Crewe Crescent

"I was about to try to send a photo of rear gardens of No16 Crewe Crescent in response to Bob Sinclair’s Pilton Avenue photo and suddenly there is a message from John Ferguson – an ex-next door neighbour from so many years ago.

As a young lad I did the grass cutting and other minor garden jobs for John’s mum and dad. His dad formerly worked for Bruce Peebles. Sadly failing eyesight forced retirement on him but he continued to work away in a quite large garden shed which held the most fascinating array of tools and supplies to this young child! I was often invited in to explore and spend time and learn about tools with the white haired old man affectionately known in his family as ‘Daddy’ Ferguson."

New Zealand

"I didn't meet John very many times at his parents home.  By the time I was old enough to remember things he was overseas. but the fact that he worked with Air New Zealand has always stuck in my memory.

His mum’s living room had many little souvenirs of that far away and exotic place. The calendar pics and the photographs always had such bright blue skies and waters - they seemed unreal to me at the time. Never for a moment did I expect to spend my later life living there.  Of course the colours of New Zealand are indeed just like that - sometimes!"

Crewe Crescent  -  Neighbours

"The Swanneys, Fergusons, Notmans at No12, Smiths at No10 all rubbed along pretty well over the years. Goodness knows how much racket I made as a young boy over the heads of the lower occupants at No14.  I should probably apologise for past transgressions.

My parents were always conscious of how noise travelled in these 4-to-a-block houses and were forever pointing it out to me!  The stairs to the upper houses were steep and going down was always quickest 2 or 3 at a time while holding the banisters and then leaping the last 4 or 5 onto the landing by the front door – hopefully our doormat absorbed some of the noise."

No 16  -  The Back Green

"Here is a photo of my dad, Eric Swanney, minding some of the wildlife in the back green at No16 - probably while I took the photo of my pet rabbit on my Kodak Brownie. It looks to the north and into the back gardens of No10/12 and beyond."

Eric Swanney and rabbit, 16 Crewe Crescent ©

Fences

"The photo above shows the same boundary fencing as in Bob’s photo below:

Bob sinclair and his dad - Photo taken behind 317 Pilton Avenue, around 1938 ©

 – the Ľ split rounds as palings joined by twisted 4 strand wires which divided 2 and 2 around each paling, secured with a staple.  The wires rusted away over the years and the fences slowly disintegrated. Some owners renovated them by rescuing the palings and nailing them onto sturdier rails and posts as in the background (the fence line between Crewe Crescent and Crewe Bank) of this photo of me holding my rabbit."

Brian Swanney and rabbit, 16 Crewe Crescent ©

"My dad, being a blacksmith, put in a really strong metal pole and mesh fence between the back gardens of 14/16 to 18/20. It lasted for years despite many footballs being blasted at it. I helped dad install a similar (but cheaper materials) dividing fence between 14/16 and 10/12 which stretched all the way from the street frontage through to the back boundary onto Crewe Bank houses – probably only 40-50 meters but it seemed immense at the time – especially painting it!"

Bedding Plants

"Both these photos also show the bedding plants that my parents lovingly planted each spring. The regimented rows of precisely spaced Alyssums Lobelias, Marigolds etc – usually purchased from Notman’s nurseries out at Davidsons Mains.

Brian Swanney and rabbit, 16 Crewe Crescent ©    

Eric Swanney and rabbit, 16 Crewe Crescent ©

The back of each border was usually Dahlia plants which we had initially inherited from family in Inverness.  Each year the tubers would be planted in the rock hard clay soil – but they and the bedding plants seemed to flourish well.  We had no hose back then and no outside taps.  Watering cans were filled upstairs from the bath taps and lugged back downstairs.

Later on, we had a short hose which got lifted up by rope and passed through the bathroom or landing window and onto the bath tap. It didn’t reach much of the garden but made filling the watering cans much easier!

I remember we grew vegetables for a few years but that ground eventually got turned back into more grass to cut and more borders to plant and tend. I suspect John F will remember them too.  We sometimes planted out the Ferguson bonders as well."

Coal Bunker ad Shed

"This photo looks back over the top off the Swanney coal bunker towards the house and shows the Ferguson shed/workshop with the scullery window of downstairs No14 beyond.

Brian Swanney and dog, 16 Crewe Crescent ©

"You can just make out the 'cross' shadow cast onto the house from the old style VHF TV aerial of No14 which was attached to a long pole U bolted to one of the four drying poles in the shared back green.

The pole, itself, is just out of shot.  It met the ground a few feet from the shed. It may be of interest to John. The dog was a visitor but I enjoyed playing with her."

Police Road Safety Team

"My memories are so strong.  It seems like just yesterday.

The recent comment from Brian Alexander, writing about the Police Road Safety Team visit to Drylaw School was so closely worded to one I had written about Wardie Primary School (but never posted) that it made me smile.

Brian Alexander wrote:

"Who remembers the demonstration by the police on Road Safety, driving their white Mk II Jaguar police car through the playground and skidding to a halt to indicate how long it took to stop? Would that be allowed in today's Health and Safety orientated world?  I think not!"

"I too recall the skid test demos in the playground between rows of pupils sitting ‘kerbside’ and watching on in awe as it was demonstrated how youngsters could so easily become ‘roadkill’ !!!)"

Brian Swanney, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand:  June 9, 2008

 

 Recollections

21.

Bruce Johnstone

Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland

'The Shack' was mentioned about three years ago, in Recollections 3 and 4 above.

Now, Bruce Johnstone has provided more information. 

Bruce wrote:

The Shack

"On Boswall Parkway to the west of Embassy cinema was the Scout Hut - not used for dances as suggested by Mr Letham (Recollection 3 above).

Behind it was a lesser constructed building used by the Royston Community Centre or such.  Dances, whist drives and beetle drives were held there and I suggest this was the shack.

The Scout Hut

"The Scout Hut was dedicated to several Cub and Scout Troops. I attended the 33rd Inverleith Cubs each Friday.  

An annual '7 a side' football competition between all the Inverleith packs was held in Pilton Park

In later years, in the 1960s a certain Gordon Strachan of 82nd pack made his appearance."
(Gordon went on to become Scottish Football Manager.)

Aerial Photo

"When might this aerial photo have been taken?

- The the tennis courts, if that is what they are in the shaded area in the Park closest to Bruce Peebles, were being constructed around 1955.

- At the same time a play park inc shute, cheese cutter and climbing frames were installed at the same time to the right of the Parkie's hut.

-  A putting green was also laid out below the tennis area.

On the photo, there is an absence of trees and developed house gardens perhaps does indicate an earlier date, although trees were planted around the perimeter of the Park about 1954.  We used them as goal posts.  I am unable to see them on the photo.  Perhaps you can see them."

Ratepayers' Association

"The tenants of the Pilton and Crewe houses formed a Ratepayers Association.  Its purpose was to be a focus group for all tenants and for issues with Gumley and the Town Council.

However, an annual programme of social events was also arranged to foster a Community spirit.  My recollection was of attending the Annual Christmas Party, held in Granton School, in the early 1950s.  Boys and girls used different classrooms as cloakrooms, then were all paired up as they exited each."

Embassy Cinema

"I remember Saturday afternoon matinees for children. 3 pence for downstairs seats and 6 pence for upstairs seats.

RS McColl had a sweet shop to the right of the cinema entrance and there was a newsagent in the left hand corner of the building.  Around 1960, the famous Yehudi Menuhin hosted a personal concert at the Cinema.  Why there of all places?"

Bruce Johnstone, Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland:  February 8, 2010

 

Recollections

22.

Steven Oliver

Duns, Borders , Scotland

Thank you to Steven Oliver for writing again.

Steven wrote:

Ratepayers' Christmas Parties

"I was mentioning the recollections of Pilton contributors to my Dad (Roy Oliver) today and he certainly remembers the Ratepayers' Party that was held every Christmas.  He and his sister, my Auntie Pat, used to go to them.

From what my dad recalls, the parties consisted of:

a film, usually a silent one, accompanied by a piano."

a magician

singing.

'Four in a Block' Houses

"In fact I'm finding the recollections of the four-in-a-block houses very interesting, particularly as my grandparents' old house at 104 Boswall Parkway was on the upper floor of one of those blocks.  I well remember sliding down the staircase at their house on my backside as a kid!"

Scout Troops

"My dad also remembers the three Scout Troops which used the scout hut next to the Embassy Cinema.  These were:

-   The 33rd:  neck scarves maroon,
Scoutmaster Graham Henderson
My dad was in the 33rd Inverleith Troop.

-   The 82nd:  neck scarves tartan

-   The 123rd:  neck scarves blue and white
 Scoutmaster Tom Simpson."

Steven Oliver, Duns, Borders, Scotland:  February 10, 2010

 

Recollections

23.

Ruth Nordhoy (nee Hamilton)

Whidbey Island, Seattle, Washington, USA

Thank you to Ruth Nordhoy, Seattle, Washington, USA who wrote:

The Scout Hut

"I lived at 58 Pilton Avenue until 1956I'd just like to say that there were indeed dances held at the Scout Hut next to 'The Embassy' cinema.

I never heard it referred to as the 'Shack'.  It was always the 'Scout Hut'to me.  My brother was a Scout there. The dances were great fun and we were always happy to hear that one would be held there.

Granton School

"I also remember, very well, the Ratepayers Parties at Granton School where I was a pupil.   That was a great highlight of the Christmas season.   It did not take much to please us, and we all looked forward to them.

The Ratepayers also held dances in Granton School from time to time.   I remember one as late as 1956 that I attended  -  old folks and young folks all having a great time together."

Bruce Peebles

"My sister and I worked in the offices at Bruce Peebles.  I used to walk or cycle to work.   The horn would sound at 12 o’clock and everyone would flock home for their dinner.   Great memories!"

Ruth Nordhoy (nee Hamilton), Whidbey Island, Seattle, Washington, USA:  March 5, 2010

Recollections

24.

Avril Finlayson Smith (nee Young)

Bendigo, Victoria, Australia

Thank you to Avril Finlayson Smith (nee Young) for leaving this message in the EdinPhoto guestbook.

Avril wrote:

Sledging

"When it snowed heavily, we were able to get the sledges out and slide down the hill at Crewe Place.  The dads used to be out too with the kids.

You couldn't do that now.  There's no room to move with all the cars about the place."

Bonfires

"I remember the very big bonfires that were built at the top of Crewe Place, into Pilton Avenue and much fun was had at these times."

"Oh, how much has changed, sadly."

Avril Finlayson Smith (nee Young), Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
Message posted in EdinPhoto guestbook, March 24, 2010

Reply to Avril

If you'd like to send a reply to Avril, please

EITHER: add a reply her under the message that she left in the guestbook on March 24, 2010

        OR:   email me, then I'll pass on your message to Avril.

Thank you.    Peter Stubbs:  March 27, 2010

Recollections

25.

Avril Finlayson Smith (nee Young)

Bendigo, Victoria, Australia

Thank you to Avril Finlayson Smith (nee Young) for leaving this another message in the EdinPhoto guestbook, after reading Brian Swanney's memories (Recollections 7 above):

Avril's comments in the guest book included the following:

Shops

"I was wonder if anyone remembers the shops in Crewe Road and Boswall Parkway:

Smith's the Baker's

Patterson's the Fruit ShopI can still remember the lovely smell of freshly-boiled beetroot that used to sit in a huge big black pot.

Nicholson's the Grocer, next door

Round the corner were:

-   the Paper Shop whose name escapes me just now,

-  the Post Office, run by Mrs White and her son.

-  Borthwick's the Butchers, which I visited some years back.  It was like going back in time.
Sure,
it was still the big wooden block that was used when I was young.  The nice thing was when I entered the shop, there was Walter Brown in charge.  He used to go to Royston, like me.  He still had a very lovely smile, a lovely greeting.

Irvine's the Drysalters, the last shop.

 I wonder what shops are there now, if any.

Of course, Leith Provident was over the other side of Boswall Parkway and, yes, I can still remember both the Store numbers very well, some things just seem to stick with you!!

Avril Finlayson Smith (nee Young), Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
Message posted in EdinPhoto guestbook, April 1, 2010

Recollections

26.

Brian Swanney

Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

Brian Swanney added a reply to Avril's comments (above) in the EdinPhoto guestbook.

Here's what he wrote about the shops:

Shops

"Avril:  I loved your recollections of the local shops. I'd already been trying to rebuild that in my mind from my own memories and you have filled in a couple of gaps.  I still remember:

-  that drysalter smell of naphthalene (moth balls or firelighters) and paraffin.

-  Borthwick's and their big wooden-doored walk-in chiller.  It  seemed like a big wardrobe in the shop to me as a child!

-  the solemnity of the old Savings Bank with its queues to the counter and the sounds of tellers counting and rubber stamping.

-  the old array of individual Leith Provident Co-op shops and their conversion into the supermarket era.

You can get very good views of what the whole area looks like now on Google Maps/Streetview. If you haven't tried it, it is well worth doing.."

Brian Swanney, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand: Reply posted in EdinPhoto guestbook, April 1, 2010

 

 Recollections

27.

Bob Sinclair

Queensland, Australia

Bob Sinclair wrote

Community Centre

"Bruce Johnstone wrote a little on the Community Centre, not far down from the Embassy on the opposite side. (Recollections 21 above.)

I helped the man who ran it in the initial days. They had table tennis, mainly for the young lads some of whom were a bit tough.

Some of their 'birds' used to come and watch the lads play.  The lads were a bit hard on the girls, perhaps due to the girls' appearance, so I persuaded the girls to come a bit dressed up one night and got a woman who could do hair and makeup to spruce them up a bit.

When they were all made-up, the girls, as one, came back into the table tennis room. There was complete silence for a while, while the lads just stood and stared.

All of a sudden they became gentlemen and asked their respective 'bird' if they might see them home.  It gave us a bit of a kick and a laugh.

The centre also had dances for the older people, but after the make-up episode some of the lads wanted to go in and dance with their 'girlfriends' Ain't life wonderful."

Bob Sinclair, Queensland, Australia:  February 8, 2010

 

 Recollections

28.

Eddie Williamson

Pickering, Ontario, Canada

Eddie Williamson left this message in the EdinPhoto guest book.

Sheila Campbell

"I'm looking for anyone who knew my late wife, Sheila Campbell.  She was born at 26 Royston Mains Crescent in December 1938 and lived there until we got married in 1961.

She worked at Duncans and at Bruce Peebles."

Eddie Williamson, Pickering, Ontario, Canada
Message (and email address) posted in EdinPhoto guest book:  August 6, 2010

Reply to Eddie Williamson?

If you'd like to send a reply to Eddie Williamson, please email me, then I'll pass on your message to him.    Thank you.

Peter Stubbs:  August 8, 2010

 Recollections

29.

Bobby Rodger

Thunder Bay, NW Ontario, Canada

Bobby Rodger, providing some information about the 'Eagle Gates' that he remembers at Muirhouse Mansion, then added:

West Pilton

"We lived at what is now West Pilton Crescent.  I see there is a school of some sort there now.  It was a Great place to grow up. The summers were long.

I remember swimming in the river Almond above the falls and going out to Cramond Island at low tide.

My friends from the area were:

-  David Veitch

-   Billy Laurie

-  The Walkers

-  The Hendersons.

It's too bad that we had to go."

Bobby Rodger, Thunder Bay, NW Ontario, Canada

Schools

Yes, there are in fact two schools, recently built together on the same site, on the land to the east of West Pilton Crescent:

Pirniehall Primary School and

St David's RC Primary School.

Also nearby, on the western side of the road at the northern end of Pennywell Road, there is now a larger new school:

Craigroyston Community High School.

 Recollections

30.

Bruce Johnstone

Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland

Thank you to Bruce Johnstone for emailing me on Bonfire Night, 2010.

Bruce wrote:

Guy Fawkes Night at Pilton

Bonfires

"My recollection of Guy Fawkes Night, as a youngster in the 1950s, was of assisting the older boys to build a bonfire on the corner of Pilton Gardens and Pilton Crescent – on the road surface.

Altogether, there might have been 4 bonfires around the park. I remember dragging tree branches all the way from a Nursery off Arboretum Road – now Edinburgh Academy Primary School.

Ours was always the largest bonfire – or so it seemed. As the fire died, we would place 'tatties' in the embers and then eat our version of baked potatoes.

I remember some 'Teddy Boys' coming once, in their creepers. They removed the stakes from the staked trees in the Park and threw them on the fire.

There was always a big bonfire in Wardieburn at the Swing Park behind the Embassy."

Fireworks

"In those days, there was no age limit on buying fireworks and letting them off:

Jumping Jacks were the most unreliable.

Catherine Wheels always seemed to fly off the centre nail.

Roman Candles were expensive, but never seemed to do very much.

One penny 'bangers' were the best buy.  They were bought from either Black's Newsagent on Boswall Parkway or from Boswall Drive Post Office."

Bruce Johnstone, Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland:  February 8, 2010

 Recollections

31.

Bruce Johnstone

Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland

Bruce Johnstone added:

Winter

Sledging

"In the 1950s, when there were few cars on the road, I remember sledging down the 'Station Brae' at East Pilton Halt.  It was popular, as was the slope into the Ainslie Park playing fields where the Leisure Centre is now.

Skating

"The slope above the pond at Inverleith Park was also used and, on a few occasions when the pond was frozen, people would ice skate."

Snowballing

"Snowballing the No 19 bus on the Parkway was also a pastime.  We tried to land the snowball on the open back platform."

Bruce Johnstone, Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland:  February 8, 2010

 

 Recollections

32.

Bob Sinclair

Queensland, Australia

Bob Sinclair wrote:

Gas Meter Man

"When I lived at 317 Pilton Avenue, I remember the gas meter man coming to empty our meter box.  It was a fascinating piece of machinery.

After the box was emptied, the housewife often got money back.  This is still a mystery to me.  I guess it must have been some kind of dividend.

It was not until much later, when I was aged about seventeen, that I found out that my Uncle Eddie worked for Alder & McKay, making gas meters."

Bob Sinclair, Queensland, Australia:  November 22+28, 2010

 

 Recollections

33.

Dougie Cormack

Thank you to Dougie Cormack who wrote about West Pilton.

Dougie wrote:

Bools

Shopping

"I was recalling the early days of residing in West Pilton circa 1949-58 when, as a young lad, I used to play 'bools'I was that addicted to it - sometimes taking an hour to go to Munro's the baker for a sliced pan or an unsliced pan.which invariably had the four bottom corners munched off before arriving back home - that my Mother sewed up all the pockets on my trousers and school blazer to try to restrict my passion.

Sannies

She was not always successful in her attempts.  I used to wear an old pair of 'sannies' which had a hole in the sole up near the big toe area.

To my eternal shame I became very adept at 'puggying' another person's 'bools' by slick use of the hole in the sannies and a quick flick of the leg backwards to where I retrieved it and 'stashed' it in my pocket whilst innocently helping the person to look for their bool.

Confession

The sequel to those incidents came along many years later, whereupon I confessed to my wife of one day, whilst on honeymoon in Ayr for the princely sum of 8 guineas per week each, that I had puggied her bools when we used to play.

Fortunately she forgave me and that was over 45 years ago. Love can conquer anything.  This procedure was used on various occasions and between my brothers and myself.  Wee accrued over one thousand marbles which were kept in an old Gladstone Bag.

Dougie Cormack:  January 8, 2011

 

 Recollections

34.

Bob Sinclair

Queensland, Australia

Thank you to Bob Sinclair who wrote:

Play

Rounders

"We played Rounders on Pilton Avenue, running from one 'stop' to another (often a jacket or gateway) in order to get a run.  We played it with a tennis ball and tennis rackets.  We usually had about two teams of five.

I suppose it was a bit like baseball, though at that time we were not aware of baseball or how it was played."

Speedway Cycle Track

"We cycled behind the block of houses at 111-115 Crewe Road North.  Between the wall at the rear of the houses and the wall beside the railway line, we built a local speedway cycle track.

In those days, everybody wanted to be like Young or Kitchen who rode for Edinburgh Monarchs.  Unfortunately, the track had a bit of a limited life, probably because we made too much noise with our cardboard piece which rattled against the spokes of the wheel to mimic the engine noise of the real speedway bike.

It probably did nothing to endear us to the local residents.  Still it was great fun while it lasted.  I never did very well as I had a Royal Enfield which seemed to weigh a ton."

Bob Sinclair, Queensland, Australia:  January 9, 2011

 

Recollections

35.

Norman McLeod

Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

In 'Recollectons 23 above, Steven mentioned some of the scout troops that met in the scout hut beside the Embassy Cinema in Boswall Parkway, latterly known as 'The Shack'

Here, Norman McLeod fills in more details of the history of this scout hut.

Norman wrote:

123rd Inverleith Scouts

"I was a boy scout  (Patrol Leader) in the 123rd Inverleith, the first occupants on the day the Scout Hut opened in Boswall Parkway.  I think that was in 1938."

82nd Inverleith Scouts

"The 82nd  troop joined us about 1941, when they lost their own headquarters. We lost our scoutmaster to the forces and, though we were surviving well,  we were 'taken over'  by the 82nd leader, James H. Pearson who was one of the few adult leaders around. We merged and were known as 'The Allies' for some time.

Scout Hut

"The Scout hut was the centre of our existence at that time.  We spent many happy and some productive  hours there using it as  base for many hikes and outings as well as knot-tying sessions and 'pioneer' projects.

A major source of funding came from the dances that we used to run for local teenagers and 'The  Scout  Dance' was the tentative entry to adult life for many local young people."

We would never have dreamed of calling it 'The Shack'.   It was a brand new building, built specifically  for the movement, and we were lucky enough to be the first occupants.

To the best of my knowledge at least one of the  original 123rd patrol leaders and one of the 82nd patrol leaders are still in the area.  (You will have gathered that I am now an octogenarian.)

Norman McLeod, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada:  January 13, 2011

 

 Recollections

36.

Bruce Johnstone

Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland

Thank you to Bruce Johnstone for writing to tell me about the vans that used to visit the Pilton and Boswall districts.

Bruce wrote:

Vans

1950s and early-1960s

"Does anybody remember these vans?

-  Congleton's Fish Van:  Jimmy Congleton’s shop was on East Trinity Road at the Newhaven end and he sold fish in the Pilton / West Pilton area on a Saturday morning.  His van was either black or brown with a fish, not surprisingly, on the side, I think.

-  Browns Fish Van:  Brown’s shop was at Goldenacre. My wife’s Aunt drove this van and sold fish twice weekly.  My wife, a schoolgirl then, would help her on a Saturday morning.

-  Francis Henderson:  Fruit and Veg. This was a horse drawn cart.  I have memories of a father and young son selling in the area. One of my neighbours always took the opportunity of collecting any horse dung for his rose garden

- Leith Provident Mobile Shop: Groceries and other provisions were-sold on a twice weekly delivery from a large van.  I think the driver's name was Bob

-  St Cuthberts Mobile Shop:  Bread and cakes were sold. My memory is of a Saturday afternoon and my Mum buying fancy cakes or meringues which were then placed in a small box.  Monies gained at a wedding 'poor oot' at Granton Parish Church were sometimes spent buying cream cookies.

Ice Cream Van: I cannot remember the name but this Italian vendor was based in Cramond Village, beside the River Almond and he appeared twice weekly around Pilton Park.  When he appeared on the summer evenings, the first of us to spot him would abandon the football or cricket game and race across and ask if he had any broken wafers or cones.

-  Mobile Chip Van:  My recollection is of a large van that parked down the side of Granton school, near Granton Parish Church, on a Tuesday night. It was quite a stretch for a 9 year old to reach up and get 'a poke of chips' for 3 old pence. Very tasty!"

Bruce Johnstone, Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland:  January 16, 2011

 

 Recollections

37.

Bruce Johnstone

Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland

Thank you to Bruce Johnstone for writing again, this time with some memories of Crewe Toll

Bruce wrote:

Crewe Toll

1950s

"Who remembers Crewe Toll, before it became the congested junction it now is?  In the 1950s, Crewe Toll itself comprised of a roundabout with a central grass area and a lighted lamppost in the centre."

Double Bridges

"I remember Crewe Toll in the 1950s  as my Dad owned the old Blacksmith’s smiddy on the East side of the former 'double bridges', a geographical landmark.

-  One bridge carried the rail line from North Leith to the Caley station at the West End.

The other bridge carried the line down to the Gasworks and Granton Harbour.

The single decker bus service, No 28, used to run under the bridges from Spiers Bar at Goldenacre to Davidson's Mains. This service subsequently became the number 1, making a circular route of the City."

The Smiddy

"The smiddy was a corrugated-sheet building.  Inside, there were two bellows that were used to fan the fires.  My Dad was a skilled joiner to trade but adapted to ironmongery work.

To this day the scrolled gates and garage gates outside numerous bungalows and houses in Blackhall / Craigleith are a testimony to his work.

Outside the Smiddy was a large circular steel plate that was used to form the outer rims of horse-drawn wheels earlier in the century.  My father gave up the business in 1961."

Ferranti

"Around the Toll was the Ferranti works with its war-time camouflaged roof.  At Christmas, a large brightly-lit tree was placed outside the main office.

On the south side was the Ferranti Social club.  Across the road was a Baptist Church, now a Shell  petrol station.

Moving west, between Telford Road and Ferry Road was a Terrazzo Works, now the site of the Fire Station.

Harvesting

"In front of the smiddy was a field that was eventually built upon by Ferranti around 1953. The Duke of Edinburgh officiated the opening of the extended Ferranti, later British AeroSpace."

I can still remember farm workers harvesting in this field in the early-1950s and in the field on Telford Road. where there are now houses. Hastie was the farmer.  He lived in the farm house that is now Drylaw Police Station."

Buses

"Behind the smiddy was a Council Yard that for a short while, in the 1960s, was the Terminus for the number 27 bus to Oxgangs

The number 19 bus also served the area from Melville Street to Granton, prior to it becoming a circular service taking in George Street, Broughton, Goldenacre and Granton Road and linking with Boswall.

The road at the Western General Hospital was also widened, to cope with to the increasing traffic volumes in early 1960s."

Bruce Johnstone, Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland:  January 25, 2011

 Recollections

38.

Brian Alexander

Prestonfield, Edinburgh

Thank you to Brian Alexander who for responding to Bruce Johnstone's 'Recollections 37' above.

Brian wrote:

Crewe Toll

1958-68

"Bruce Johnstone's recollections of Crewe Toll (37 above) brought back some memories of living in Telford Drive from 1958 to 1968.  Between 1964 and 1968.

I walked, each day, from Telford Drive via Crewe Toll to Ainslie Park School, and from 1968 walking to Crewe Toll to get a bus to Bonnington Road when I started my apprenticeship with Brown Brothers at Rosebank, Pilrig.

Where the Fire Station now stands was Ferranti's car park and next to it the Fina Petrol Station, now flats.

Crossing Ferry road outside Ferranti's at 8.30 in the morning and 4.30 in the afternoon was no easy matter.  There was no pedestrian crossing or school crossing patrol, and it was very busy with traffic."

Circle Garage

I don't recall the Baptist Church that Bruce mentions, but I do remember the original Circle Garage (Shell).  The building was circular.  It was owned by Bill Mcleod who raced Stock Cars.

I think Bill started racing at Old Meadowbank in the 1950s, then at Cowdenbeath in the 1960s.  As young lads we would cross over on our way home from school to look at the Stock Car if it was outside the workshop.

We were never chased away but I am sure we were a distraction to the mechanics and no doubt Bill himself.

Telford Road

In the early 1960s, the Texaco Petrol Station was built on Telford Road, opposite the (top) entrance to Telford Drive.  It's long gone and is now the site of McDonald's.  It was the first building in what was then a field stretching down to the Telford entrance to the Western General Hospital. 

Later came the Telford Arms pub and Securicor's Depot."

Bruce Alexander, Prestonfield, Edinburgh:  February 4, 2011

Recollections

39.

Lily Burke

(nee Lilias O'Connell Cavanagh)

Foulden, Thetford, Norfolk, England

Thank you to Lily Burke for sending me the message below about 'The Shack' dance hall

Royston

Lily points out that 'The Shack' was actually in Royston, rather than Pilton.  However, I've included her comments about The Shack on this 'Pilton' page because that's the recollections page where this is the page where The Shack was first discussed (in 'Recollections 3, 4, 5' above).

In fact, Royston is next to Pilton. 

-  The street to the south of Royston Mains Gardens is Pilton Place.

-  The street to the east of Royston Mains Gardens is Pilton Drive North

Lily wrote:

The Shack

"I wonder if anyone remembers The Shack dance hall on a Saturday night. It was only for teenagers.  The Shack was in Royston Mains Gardens, opposite the Chapel, next to the scouts' wooden hut and close to the Embassy Cinema in Boswall Drive.

Tame

"The only refreshments that were sold at the dancing were soft drinks, tea, coffee and digestive biscuits.  It was all very tame in my teenage years."

Polite

"I must say the laddies were always  polite to us lassies but alas, one by one, they all disappeared to do thier  National Service.  Eventually, the dances stopped and The Shack became a boys' club."

Fire

"Sadly, The Shack caught fire and was destroyed a few years ago.  Houses were built there."

Remember the Shack?

"I hope I hear from someone. I learned to dance at The Shack and also at Stuarts at Abbeyhill"

Lily Burke (nee Lilias O'Connell Cavanagh),
 Foulden, Thetford, Norfolk, England: January 31, 2011

Reply to Lily

If you'd like to send a reply to Lily, please email me, then I'll pass your message on to her.  Thank you.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  February 8, 2011

Recollections

40.

Robert Lettice

Leith, Edinburgh

Thank you to Robert Lettice who wrote:

Schools

"The first school l attended was at Ferry Road Avenue.  It was a dark grey stone building.  Then I moved to Pennywell where the schools were built of concrete and asbestos roofs.  When it rained heavily, we got a half-day because the roofs leaked"

Play

"I lived at 8 West Pilton Grove.  That was one of the three stairs at the top end of the grove.  Right opposite our home, there was a big field.  It was covered with small hills.  Arnott McLeod were dumping their rubble there, until a few years later when they flattened it.

It was a great place to play cowboys and indians.  It was great to live here then.  There was a Community where parents paid into a club, and we had a gala at Gypsy Brae.

Buses were laid on to take us to pantomimes etc.  Even the school was good.  We could go to Glenogle Baths, and they took us to the Zoo and many more places."

Robert Lettice, Leith, Edinburgh:  March 25, 2011

Recollections

41.

David Blackburn
Also known as Davy, Blackie and Tony

Morvenside, Edinburgh

Thank you to David Blackburn who wrote:

West Pilton

Shops

"I lived in West Pilton Road, which has only recently been demolished, from 1968-1979.  There were a lot of shops in those days.  The shops down West Granton were often nicknamed 'the budgies' because there was a back garden next to them with a hut that some man kept his budgies in."

Houses

"I remember seeing some houses where the electric had been cut offThe residents would feed a line to next door for lighting.

Play

"I attended Ainslie Park and was a regular for 4 years at HMS Claverhouse in the Sea Cadets.

I went to Pirniehall, occasionally, at high speed avoiding the lads from Craigmuir. (I had to pass by them every day!)

The 'circus' (West Pilton Circus) had a large field in middle where houses now are.  That park had a play area, a tennis court, and a football pitch. I remember Hibs players coming to sign autographs there in the 1970s.

There were often summer trips, run by parents and youth associations.  Life was never boring.

The area went massively downhill in the 1980s, just after I left, but as a youngster,it was like a giant playground and I never felt unsafe.

David Blackburn, also known as Davy, Blackie and Tony, Morvenside, Edinburgh
August 14+20, 2011

Recollections

42.

Peter Sellar

Thank you to Peter Sellar who wrote:

West Pilton

Houses

"I was looking at the West Pilton stories and I noticed someone asked when the council  built the houses in the area.
See Recollections 7 above.

I think they were built in late 1930s because we moved from New lane, Newhaven out to 1 Ferry Road Gardens just after the war started in 1939 and our tenement had just been built.

There were 6 homes in our stair and all the street names started with Ferry Road:- Gardens, Place, Grove, Avenue etc.

The West Pilton houses which were built in the 1940s all started with West  Pilton:-  Gardens, Avenue etc.

They then built the Swedish wooden houses behind the existing Crew Road council houses which were built earlier.  

Transport

"The Ferry Road area had no bus service so we had to walk down ferry Road under the double bridges to Crew Toll where we caught a bus that took you either down to Granton where you got a tram into Leith or up to Randolph Crescent from where you walked up Queensferry Street to the Princes Street shopsThe last buses stopped around 10pm.

There were no schools near our home.  I attended DK school, so I had to walk down to East Pilton Halt station where I got a train down to the old Caley station at Leith, then walked up to the old DK school.

Shops

"There were no shops near our home.  Families were serviced by vans that came round the street.

-  One vendor that sold bread and buns was called Annan's.

-  There was a small van that sold fish

-  Coal was delivered by horse and cart. 

We were near a farm called Hasty's  where an old woman sold eggs and milk.  We had to take a jug with us.  She ladled the milk from a milk churn into your jug and if you bought a dozen eggs she always gave you one for luck.

Evening Out

"A great evening out was when a group would walk up past the army camp to Davidson's  Mains.  We all sat there in a booth and munched down a fish supper."

Churches

"The Protestants of the area were serviced by two Ministers of the Presby;  faith and the services were held in a row of cottages on Ferry Road Drive The Ministers were Rev. Easton and Rev. Johnston."

If you were of the Catholic faith, you had to walk up to Davidson's Mains."

Peter Sellar

Reply

Development of the Estate

I don't know exactly when the houses were built, but these are the years that the streets were named.  That should give an indication of when the Ferry Road, West Pilton and Crewe Road areas to the north of Ferry Road were developed:

1926

Crewe Road North

Crewe Road South

1934

Crewe Bank

Crewe Crescent

Crewe Grove

Crewe Loan

Crewe Place

Crewe Terrace

1935

Crewe Path

1938

Crewe Road Gardens

Crewe Road West

1938

Ferry Road Avenue

Ferry Road Cottages

Ferry Road Gardens

Ferry Road Grove

Ferry Road Place

1945

West Pilton Avenue

West Pilton Bank

West Pilton Circus

West Pilton Crossway

West Pilton Gardens

West Pilton Grove

West Pilton Park

West Pilton Place

West Pilton Rise

West Pilton Road

West Pilton Street

West Pilton Terrace

West Pilton View

Source:  History and Derivation of Edinburgh Street Names
[Edinburgh Corporation City Engineers Dept, 1975]

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  June 14, 2008

Recollections

43.

William Manson

West Sussex, England

Thank you to William Manson for posting a message in the EdinPhoto guestbook.

William wrote:

West Pilton

West Pilton Circus

"I was born in West Pilton Circus in the 1960s, andI have fond memories of the place:

the tennis courts

-  the bowling green with crazy putting

the huge football field in the middle.

We lived in 17/3 we had great neighbours.  Everyone helped each other in times of crisis.

I remember:

the shops in Pilton

-  the chip van

-  Brenda's ice cream van

-  the Roll Man."

West Granton Grove

"From West Pilton, I moved to West Granton Grove, seemingly more quality housing, but that turned into a ghetto as did West Pilton."

School

"I had many good times there as a child.  I went to Craigmuir Primary School, then to Ainsley Park."

Play

"I remember we were pretty poor.  My cousins stayed in Pennywell and came round most mornings to let us ride their bikes.  Happy memories, indeed!"

William Manson, West Sussex, England:
Message posted in EdinPhoto guest book, October 25, 2011

 

Recollections

44.

Stuart Lyon

Blackford, Edinburgh

Thank you to Stuart Lyon who wrote:

West Pilton Grove

Family House

"My grandparents lived at No 35 West Pilton Grove.  My mum and dad (Mary and Bill), my brother (Billy) and I lived with them until my folks got a new council house at No 9 Wester Drylaw Row in 1953.

At any one time there were:

my grandparents Bill and Jessie Lyon

-  my aunties Jean, Sheila and Isobel

my uncles George, Tweedie and Ian

in the House.  Meal times were an event in themselves.

I used to visit my grandparents for years after we left for the Row and have many fond memories of the area."

West Pilton Park

"West Pilton Park was a great facility back then with the bowling and putting greens and the tennis courts. It also had a cinder running track and there was a Gala held there every summer.

I used to help the Parkie put out and take in the putting equipment. There was also a wee grassed area in front of the Grove and it was here we celebrated the Queen’s Coronation in 1953 with a street party.  As I recall we got a souvenir half-pint glass with the royal crest embossed on the side."

George the Baker

"I remember George the Baker with his horse drawn baker’s van which he let me drive on one occasion. His horse was also a source of pocket money as I used to get 3d a bucket for the manure it provided.  George worked for Leith Provident."

Ice Cream Vans

"The Dobie family, across the road, made and sold ice cream from vans operated by the two brothers, Willie and George.  The girls of the family used to look after me at times."

Silverknowes and Gypsy Brae

"Silverknowes and Gypsy Brae were part of my extensive playground despite the fact that they were quite far from the Grove.  I always used to go with the ‘big boys’ who looked after us wee yins. I still got up to mischief and paid the penalty for missing my tea several times."

Shopping

We used to be sent to do the messages, up to Barr’s shop and the adjacent St Cuthberts store at Ferry Road Drive

I hated it when string bags were in vogue as carrying a half stane o tatties nearly cut off your fingers unless you changed hands regularly.

Sometimes we used to go the the shops at West Pilton Rise.  Bell’s was one and I think Munro’s was another."

Sweetie Shop

"Diverno’s at West Granton Road was a great sweetie shop and my brother and I eagerly waited for Friday pay day when all the wage earners in my Grannie’s house would bring us in sweets:

-  Lem Fizzes

-  sherbet fountains

-  liquorice

-  Fry’s 5 Boys chocolate

-  Penny Dainties

-  McGowan’s toffee

to name but a few."

Neighbours

"I remember a few of the other families, the Burkes and  the Browns, but that’s about all."

Stuart Lyon:  October 13, 2010

 

Recollections

45.

Allan Muir

Saudi Arabia

Thank you to Allan Muir who wrote:

Ferry Road Avenue

1965 to 1980

"This page  brought back great memories of my child hood in Pilton. I lived at no 28 Ferry Road Avenue between 1965 -1980.

The local bobbies were on the beat and they kept you in check when you were doing something wrong.

Bonfire Nights

Bonfire Nights were brilliant.   We used to collect wood from everywhere and in those days there was no legal requirement to get permission to host such an event as long as there was adults present.  These bonfires were huge  -  but it was all fun and there were no accidents.

Peanut Brittle

"I also recollect the Sunday morning walk to get peanut brittle for my parents from Divernos at Granton, to save time my brother and I used to walk down the old railway line to Granton."

Summer Walks

"We did not have computers to occupy our time as kids.

In the summer, we would walk down to Cramond  and swim at the Almond waterfall.  It was quite dangerous in the water if you could not swim!

Granton Pier was also a favourite in the summer,

Winter Walks

In the winter, we could walk to Granton Harbour, light a small fire and cook sausages on a stick. I think that  would be an offence now!

Childhood Memories

I'd not change or swap any of my childhood memories It would be great to hear from any other people who lived in ferry road avenue during my time there.

My family were best friends with the:

-  Scotts

-  Kennedys

-  Macavoys

I also remember other families who lived nearby:

-  Spears

-  Reids

-  Eadies

-  Weatherstones

-  Burns

Thank you for bringing back such brilliant and fond memories of Ferry Road Avenue."

Allan Muir, Saudi Arabia: November 2, 2012

Reply to Allan?

If you'd like to send a message to Allan Muir, please email me to let me know, then I'll pass on his email address to you.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh: November 6, 2012

 

Recollections

46.

Alastair Whitwell

Penicuik, Midlothian

After reading Norman McLeod's comments about being a scout leader at 123rd Inverleith Scouts in Boswall Parkway in Recollections 35,  Alastair Whitwell wrote:

123rd

Inverleith Scouts

Patrol Leader

"I too was a Patrol Leader in the 123rd Inverleith Scout Group based at the Scout Hall in Boswall Parkway. Likewise, my brother-in-law Bernard Milne was too, albeit a couple of years earlier than me.

Jumble Sale

"We used to run an annual jumble sale to raise funds and I recall many evenings going round the area pushing the 'trek' cart, collection jumble. The sale was always a great success and brought in a good sum of money."

Wind-up Record Player

"I also recall that after each Wednesday night scout meeting, the senior scouts would descend under the floorboards into a small cellar where a wind-up record player was kept. We used to sit crouched in there, listening to old 78 rpm records for ages."

Scout Leader

"I remember the Scout Leader, Willum Calder.  I and many others are indebted to him for all the skills which he passed on."

Alastair Whitwell, Penicuik, Midlothian, Scotland  -  November 4, 2012

 

Recollections

47.

Rab Lettice

Leith, Edinburgh

Thank you to Rab Lettice for writing again about Pilton.

Rab wrote:

1950s

Pilton Gala Days

"Does anyone remember the Pilton Gala Days in the 1950s?  I've just found a newspaper cutting of us at Gypsy Brae in 1952."

Pilton Club

"What was the Pilton club called?"

Rab Lettice, Leith, Edinburgh:  April 9, 2013

 

 Recollections

48.

Bruce Johnstone

Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland

Please email me if you can help to answer this question that Bruce Johnstone asked in the EdinPhoto guestbook:    Thank you.

Bruce, who grew up in Pilton Crescent, wrote:

Dodge-ball and King-ball

"Can anyone help?  While playing ball games with my grandchildren, I mentioned that we, in the 1950s, used to play dodge-ball and king-ball. I can't remember how, apart from catching the ball with our clenched hands, then throwing at friends.  Any suggestions?"

Bruce Johnstone, Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland:  January 16, 2011
Message posted in EdinPhoto Guestbook:  April 15, 2013.

 

 Recollections

49.

Helen Oleson

Anchorage, Alaska, USA

Thank you to Helen Oleson who wrote:

Circle Garage

Crewe Toll

McLeod Motors

"It was interesting to read Brian Alexander's Recollections 38 above about the Circle garage at Crewe Toll.

The garage was called McLeod Motors, and was owned by my uncle Bill McLeod and his 2 brothers Daniel (my father) and Bobby.

Stock Cars and Motor Cycles

Yes, Bill did drive stock cars, but also he and his brothers were members of the Edinburgh Southern Motor Cycle Club for many years and did Scrambles, Hill Climbs and the 7 day trials.

All three of the brothers are gone now, but they left us kids with a lot of great memories of all their racing adventures."

Helen Oleson, Anchorage, Alaska, USA

 

Pilton

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   West Pilton Camp  -  The 519 LAA/SL Regt R.A. TA unit prepares for its annual camp in Norfolk ©

West Pilton Camp  -  1949

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RAF Turnhouse  -  1949

  West Pilton TA Unit  -  at Newquay ©

Bogged-down on the beach
Newquay Camp  -  1951

Pilton and Granton REME boys at Newquay TA Camp July 1951 ©

Pilton + Granton REME boys
Newquay Camp  -  1951

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